Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Mince Filled Naan/Qeema Naan


Mince Filling

Mince                                         2 lbs Lean
Onions                                        2 chopped
Garlic                                          6 cloves
Ginger                                         1.5 inch pc
Green chili                                   3 +3
Oil                                              3-4 tbsp
Salt                                             1.5 tsp or to taste
Cinnamon stick                           2 inch pc
Black pepper corn                      1/2 tsp
Coriander seeds                          1/2 tsp
Cumin seeds                               1 tsp
Coriander powder                      1 tsp
Red chili flakes                           1 tsp
Turmeric powder                       1/2 tsp
Almond powder/ Almond butter 1 tbsp
Coriander leaves for garnish

  • In a mortar and pestle, crush ginger, garlic, black pepper corns and three green chilies.
  • Heat oil in a pan and add onions, fry for a few mins till soft but don't brown them.
  • Add ginger/garlic, turmeric, cinnamon, cumin seeds, coriander powder+seeds and salt. Fry till spices are fragrant about a min or two.
  • Add mince and break it into pieces with spoon quickly before it changes color.
  • Fry mince in onion and spice mix till no moisture is left and no pink bits are left.
  • Stir in the almond butter and chopped coriander right before taking it off the heat.
  • Let it come to room temperature before filling in naan dough.

Dough Ingredients

Flour                                    4+1 cup
Yeast                                   3/4 tbsp
Yogurt                                 3 tbsp
Milk                                     1 cup
Water                                  1 cup
Sugar                                   4 tsp
Salt                                      2 tsp
Baking Soda                        2 tsp
Oil/ghee                               2 tbsp
Yogurt                                 1 tbsp mixed with 1 tbsp of water for the glaze


  • In half a cup of warm water, add sugar and yeast. Let stand till frothy approximately five mins. Add remaining water and milk to it.
  • In a large enough bowl, add 4 cups of flour, salt, baking powder, oil and yogurt.
  • Pour in the yeast mixture and knead the dough. Add more flour from remaining 1 cup if required. I almost used 3/4 cups. Knead for almost 5-8 minutes till the dough is smooth and comes into one mass.
  • Pour a tbsp of oil in another bowl and swirl it around to coat the sides.
  • Put the dough ball in the greased bowl, flip it once to cover all sides. Cover the bowl with a wet towel or plastic wrap. Let the dough rest for 30-40 minutes.

Assembling The Naan

  • Divide the dough in 10 equal pieces and form into balls.
  • Flatten the dough balls into discs the size of your palm.
  • Add generous amount of mince filling around 3/4 cups and pinch the edges well to seal it from all sides.
  • Heat the oven at 500 for 30-45 minutes. I use a pizza stone to make my naans. You can use a cookie sheet if you don't have one.
  • Let the filled balls rest for 15 minutes.
  • Using a light dusting of flour, flatten the discs using your hands not the rolling pin till naan is half and inch thick.
  • Brush with yogurt/water mixture and sprinkle sesame seeds.
  • Bake till nice golden brown around 5-7 minutes.
  • Take out and brush with some butter. Serve with plain yogurt or green mint chutney.


You can choose your choice of meat like chicken, mutton or beef.
Preheating of the oven is crucial so make sure it is on for at least 35-45 minutes at the highest setting possible.


  1. G'day! I love naan and your recipe is now on the list!
    Cheers! Joanne

    1. Thanks a lot Joanne. You would never buy store made naans after trying this.
      I can gaurentee that :)
      All the best and I wud love to see your review.